It’s possible that you may be able to prevent aortic valve stenosis by following a heart-healthy lifestyle and keeping cholesterol low with statins, but solid evidence of such a link has so far eluded researchers. However, they continue to study that possibility.
Coronary heart disease is known to increase the likelihood of valve disease, so it stands to reason that by lowering your heart disease risk, you could be reducing your risk of aortic stenosis as well. That includes taking these steps:
- Treat abnormal cholesterol levels.
- Keep your blood pressure in check.
- If you have diabetes, be sure your blood sugar levels are under control.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Get up and move. A sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for all kinds of heart disease.
This article first appeared in the August 2019 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.